Cleveland microgrid would protect against outages

Cuyahoga County’s Sustainability office has proposed a four-square-mile microgrid in and around downtown Cleveland that would protect the area against power outages (see our November 12, 2018 blog post), Crain’s Cleveland reports. The redundant power grid is billed as “a more resilient power source with less downtime and fewer brownouts” that would pair with Cleveland Public Power and Cleveland Thermal, “with the addition of an ultra-efficient ‘smart grid’ technology,” according to the article. The Cleveland Foundation board of directors recently approved a $200,000 grant “to fund the management of the RFQ/RFP process” for the project. A multiyear feasibility study showed “companies moving into the microgrid area could generate more than 1,000 new jobs in the county, resulting in nearly $100 million in income” and additional tax revenues of approximately $2.8 million per year. For more, read the full article.

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